Anti-union laws

Labour Party conference votes to restore right to take solidarity strike action

Submitted by AWL on 29 September, 2015 - 10:10

On Monday 28 September delegates at Labour Party conference voted unanimously for a motion committing the party to fight the Tories' Trade Union Bill and the next Labour government to "legislate for strong rights to unionise, win recognition and collective bargaining, strike, picket and take solidarity action."

Time to organise

Submitted by AWL on 22 September, 2015 - 5:43 Author: Martin Thomas

Last week the Labour Party set up a petition against the Trade Union Bill which gathered 400,000 signatures in just a few days.

There is a mood to fight the Trade Union Bill, which should be mobilised. Campaigners with the London Right to Strike group meet today (Tuesday 22 September) to plan their next protest and street stalls. We encourage activists around the country to do the same.

IDS on your bike, we deserve the right to strike!

Submitted by AWL on 18 August, 2015 - 5:49

On Saturday 8 August, more than 15 activists with Right to Strike took a trip to Chingford to serve Iain Duncan Smith with a high court injunction.

Tories and bosses are so keen to take high court injunctions out against our democratically decided strikes that we thought we’d give them a taste of their own medicine.

Why we need the right to strike

Submitted by AWL on 28 July, 2015 - 5:41 Author: Charlie McDonald

The Tories have wasted no time in turning their manifesto plan to further straight jacket the unions in law.

Proposals in the Trade Union Bill include a 50% minimum turn out and a 40% threshold of those in favour of action in certain “key sectors”: health; education for under 17s; transport; fire services; border security and the decommissioning of nuclear plants and management of waste.

Unite prepares ground for unlawful action

Submitted by Matthew on 15 July, 2015 - 1:02

Unite the union held its rules conference in Brighton this week.

About 500 delegates debated motions from sectors, branches, equalities committees and regions. 

Two key and contested debates were about the election of union officials and the union’s political structures and affiliation to the Labour Party. 

Unite members do not elect any paid officials other then the General Secretary. There were many different motions calling for the election of different types of officers by different constituencies. These motions all fell and the status quo prevailed.

RMT AGM pledges to fight attacks

Submitted by Matthew on 3 July, 2015 - 5:05 Author: Janine Booth, delegate from Central Line East branch

The Annual General Meeting of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union voted to back Jeremy Corbyn’s bid for Labour leader, fight the Tories’ attacks on trade union rights, and step up its work on equalities.

As well as committing to militant industrial struggles, delegates also voted unanimously for several emergency resolutions from branches opposing the tightening of anti-union laws promised in the Queen’s Speech. These included support for a national demonstration and rank-and-file conference this year.

Right to strike!

Submitted by AWL on 23 June, 2015 - 6:22 Author: Gemma Short

Prior to Unison’s national delegates conference (16-19 June), Unison General Secretary Dave Prentis released a press statement about the Tories’ proposed anti-union laws. But neither his statement nor the conference itself resolved to do anything much about the biggest threat to union organisation in two decades.

The new laws would require a 50% turnout threshold in a ballot and an additional 40% yes vote requirement in “core public services” (health, education, transport and fire services). Essentially outlawing all national strikes.